Ah, cherry season is upon us. Our fingers are running red with ripe Rainiers, we cherish the Chelans and titter for the Teitons. Of course, long-time readers will remember our paeans to the plum (Field Guide to Plums, Wallingford Plum Soup, etc.), so it was with great delight that we read Kimberly C’s mail tipping us off to City Fruit, an on-line map of fruit trees in the city: http://city-fruit.appspot.com/display.
Using it, you can register fruit trees that you know about and find new ones you didn’t. It’s a great way to share with your neighbors and keep all that rich, delicious fruit from rotting on limb. Kimberly says she’s mapped her ancient pear tree, reportedly leftover from the days when lower Wallingford was an orchard
OK, we confess. Looking at the map, with strewn with icons for plums, apples, pears and more, we felt our chest tighten and our fingers freeze. Those are OUR trees on the map.
Well, not “ours” in the sense that we own them. They’re up the street, around the corner, down the block, but for years we’ve enjoyed their bounty. What if crowds of people pick the branches clean before we get there? Before the fruit is even ripe?
Well, perhaps, as the City Fruit web site claims, it’s all for the good of the community. If we see you by one of “our” trees, maybe we can strike up a conversation, get to know each other.
Maybe you’ll give us a jar of cherry preserves?
Update: City Fruit would like to clarify that just because a tree is on the map, doesn’t mean it’s available for public picking. Use yer common sense and check with the owner.